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Wow.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.

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On May 27, 2013, at 11:08 AM, nma <nma(--nospam--at)nma-se.com> wrote:

> Well, Jerry Brown, our current governor did away with California's Bridge 
> Department in his first term. 
> Neil
> 
> On 5/27/2013 8:43 AM, Bill Polhemus wrote:
>> TxDOT was - understandably - quite pissed when about 20 years ago the 
>> state legislature forced them to begin outsourcing some or even most of 
>> their engineering. Reasonable minds can certainly disagree on the wisdom 
>> of that. And it was, again, more about politics than the stated aim of 
>> providing services through the free market. That was kind of silly 
>> anyway, since they made sure that the State wasn't allowed to select 
>> consultants based on price. Crony capitalism yet again. Anyway, TxDOT 
>> "retaliated" somewhat by constantly hounding consultants, many of whom 
>> had little prior experience with transportation facilities design, such 
>> that any problems in construction or facility function brought out the 
>> flogs. Meanwhile, a former TxDOT engineer I worked with later stated 
>> that some of the same problems we were constantly on guard concerning, 
>> were regular "features" of TxDOT-designed projects. "They just call it a 
>> maintenance issue, and nothing else is said," she 
> 

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